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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘God has appointed…teachers…’ 1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV

Howard Hendricks points out that good teaching involves giving people responsibility with accountability: ‘Our problem in the churches is that we don’t do that. The United States government takes multi-million-dollar planes and puts them in the hands of kids nineteen years old; and when those same kids come to church we don’t even let them take up the offering… Ever been in a courtroom where a will is being read? The reader is mumbling his way over the legal jargon, and everyone else in the room is half asleep-everyone, that is, except the person named in the will as the beneficiary… When your teaching has the learner’s name written all over it-when he sees that, in effect, his name occurs throughout the book-it will make a big difference in his level of motivation… I am convinced that everyone-no exception-can be motivated to learn. But not at the same time, and by the same person, and not in the same way. The timing is crucial. Teaching is the assembling of a time bomb…marked for explosion at a later date and at a different location. That is why you need to walk by faith to be a good teacher, and you need a lot of patience. And you aren’t God’s answer to every individual. That is what the body of Christ is all about… I’m asked over and over again, How do I get a person motivated? I answer, When you sock someone with twenty thousand volts of electricity, they don’t turn to you and ask, ‘Did you say something?’ No, they move!’ The question is, ‘Teacher, are you motivated?’

SoulFood: Ezek 37:1-40:9, Matt 24:1-14, Ps 78:9-16, Pr 20:11-14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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